Satyarupa Shekhar is one of the founding members of the Transparent Cities Network. She heads the Government Outreach and Advisory team at the Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG), where she works to overcome challenges to access to basic services posed by a lack of data and information, while improving transparency and accountability. Her areas of interest are public administration, open data and the use of civic technology to improve governance.
Prior to joining CAG, Satyarupa worked with the Transparent Chennai project at IFMR where she led the group’s research on metropolitan governance and open data initiatives, and the Chennai Data Portal project – a unique engagement with the city government to bring a practical data-driven approach to urban governance. She has also worked with the Centre for Development Finance at IFMR, Democracy Connect, the Indian School of Business and the World Social Forum 2004. Satyarupa holds a European Masters in Law and Economics degree from the University of Rotterdam, where she was an Erasmus Mundus scholar. She is a founding member of the Global Diplomacy Lab and a Global Governance Futures 2027 fellow.
This blog is part of a series on how open government can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The series came out of a collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangkok Regional Hub and the Open Government…